On July twentieth, Praghosa Dasa, a Governing Body Commission (GBC) member of ISKCON since 2001, resigned from the GBC. He made his resignation public in a video entitled “An Honor and a Privilege” on his private YouTube web page:
Outlining my reasons for stepping down as a GBC member
Praghosa Dasa outlined his causes for stepping down based mostly on that call not being made, in his opinion, “on the rules of integrity and equity” nor as “pleasing to Srila Prabhupada” and due to this fact expressed his incapacity to stay as much as the GBC’s code of conduct; which binds all members to assist the choices made by the Body, if he remained a member.
Praghosa Dasa additionally spoke about his profound appreciation for these on the GBC Body. He acknowledged it’s a difficult function to “direct and maintain Srila Prabhupada’s motion united”.
“Praghosa Prabhu’s resignation from the GBC is a big loss to the Body,” stated Anuttama Das, ISKCON Minister of Communications. “Praghosa made many substantial contributions to the GBC discussions and choices through the years, and he was appreciated for his sharp wit and dedication to serving Srila Prabhupada. I do know he’ll proceed to make useful contributions to the ISKCON society.”
The ultimate determination in regards to the Lokanath Swami case is presently being reviewed by the SABHA (Spiritual Advisors Bhagavata Assembly), which serves as a consultative physique with the GBC. The SABHA, after reviewing a decision of the GBC can, by majority vote, advocate modifications to that decision. Until the SABHA evaluate is full, the GBC determination just isn’t ultimate. Thus, the GBC has not launched the choice publicly.
As presently drafted, the choice gives substantial authority to ISKCON Regional Governing Bodies (RGBs) in how they apply the GBC determination, together with the authority to use extra restrictions upon Lokanath Swami, as has been carried out just lately by the North America Council.
Praghosa Dasa served as a GBC member for the UK and plenty of areas of Europe together with Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Scotland, and Sweden. He additionally served twice because the Chairman of the GBC.